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Webinar: Reliability and Resilience in the Balance Part 4

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Webinar: Reliability and Resilience in the Balance Part 4

October 25 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Reliability and Resilience in the Balance Part 4 – Storm Impacts and Changes for Telecommunications and Transportation

Presented by ASCE Texas Section’s Beyond Storms Committee


For most Texans, the concept of electricity reliability is binary – it either works or it doesn’t. Like a light switch, you have access to the electricity that you need when you need it, or you don’t. We also expect the electric system to be resilient. Resilience is the equivalent of the backstop to reliability. It is a measure of the robustness of the system to absorb shocks and either continue to operate, or if it fails, to quickly recover and operate again.

In the early morning of February 15, 2021, the ERCOT electric system, that over 26 million Texans depend upon, failed. The twin impacts of Winter Storms Uri and Viola on Texas and its energy system was catastrophic. The consequences for Texans were tragic. The essential infrastructure that depends upon reliable electricity, from water supply and natural gas to telecommunications experienced cascading failures across their systems and in turn were forced to interrupt the crucial services of drinking water, home heating, and communication across a wide area. Reliability and resilience staggered in the balance.

This 5-part webinar series explores the issues uncovered in the storms’ aftermath by an ASCE Texas Section team of engineers from across the State of Texas. Learn about the energy event that touched all of Texas as we work to answer what really happened, why these problems happened, and what we can do to avoid them in the future. In each webinar, we’ll dig into infrastructure specific issues that arose from Winter Storms Uri and Viola.


Patricia Frayre PE, Member, ASCE Texas Section Beyond Storms Committee


Griselda Gonzales PE, Member, ASCE Texas Section Beyond Storms Committee


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October 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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Texas Section Beyond Storms Committee